International News Archive - September 12, 2005

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis LONDON (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's new defense lawyers plan to prove he has been denied his legal rights when they defend him at a "show trial" next month, according to the lawyer assembling the team.

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co. officially opened its new Hong Kong theme park on Monday, exporting a piece of the Magic Kingdom to China's doorstep in a bold bid to gain a bigger foothold in the vast Chinese market.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi vowed on Monday to press ahead with postal reforms after a sweeping election victory and dismissed criticism that he has few other concrete plans on his policy agenda.

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China will no longer regard the death toll in natural disasters as a state secret, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday, as part of government efforts to improve transparency.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Traffickers have been shifting to the manufacture of amphetamine-type drugs in Asia as cultivation and production of heroin drops sharply, a senior United Nations official said on Monday. Akira Fujino, head of the Bangkok-based U.N.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh on Monday released photographs of the leaders of two Islamic militant groups suspected of involvement in last month's serial bombings and promised to reward anyone with information on their whereabouts.

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has signed into law constitutional changes critics say further entrench his rule, less than two weeks after his ruling party pushed them through parliament, state radio reported on Monday.

DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iraqi militant group has offered up to $100,000 for killing the prime minister and top officials who launched an offensive on rebels in a northern town, according to an Internet statement posted on Monday.

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - Commuters in Belfast struggled to work on Monday through streets littered with burnt-out cars and shattered glass after two days of rioting in which 50 police officers were injured.

ROME (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged "to control the chaos in Gaza" by the end of the year in an interview published on Monday that coincided with the completion of an Israeli pullout from the territory.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.